Federal News Service
HEADLINE: MEDIA STAKEOUT WITH ENERGY SECRETARY SPENCER ABRAHAM; SENATOR RICK SANTORUM (R-PA); SENATOR PETE DOMENICI (R-NM); SENATOR LARRY CRAIG (R-ID); SENATOR CRAIG THOMAS (R-WY); SENATOR MITCH MCCONNELL (R-KY)
SUBJECT: ENERGY BILL
SEN. MCCONNELL: Let me just say, on behalf of the majority leader and myself, that we are deeply disappointed in the result today but, as the chairman has indicated, we don't consider this the last word. My state is a classic example of a state that would benefit enormously from the jobs produced by this bill. We are a major corn- producing state; we were thrilled at the ethanol provisions. We're a major coal-producing state; we were thrilled at the clean coal provisions, that allow more coal to be burned and be burned more cleanly.
So this is a temporary setback. And we're going to, as the chairman indicated, continue to work to try to move this legislation out of the Senate because it's extremely important for America.
And of course, nobody has worked harder on this, with the possible exception of Chairman Domenici, than our old colleague, the secretary of Energy, who is with us today, who knows a good deal about this bill, who spent enormous amounts of time on it. And at this point I'd like to call on Secretary Spence Abraham.